By our definition the weekend officially starts on Thursday and ends, well whenever we want!
With the Christmas break fast approaching, get a jump on the festive celebrations this weekend with this list of things to do in Sydney. We’ve got plenty of booze, Christmas feasts and shopping hot-spots to find those last-minute gifts (or maybe just something for yourself—we won’t judge!), so we don’t want to hear any excuses of why you’re not out and about in our fair city.
Paddington Christmas Night Markets
The Paddington Christmas Night Markets are a regular highlight of the festive season. With stall upon stall full of unique gift ideas, it’s the perfect place to find just the thing to wrap up for that person who has everything. Speaking of wrapping, if your presents end of up being sticky-tape balls of mess, then be sure to take advantage of the complimentary gift wrapping service available on-site.
Where: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington
Cost: Free entry
The Soda Factory’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Brush off those dust balls and pull out your Christmas sweaters, the uglier the better, because the Soda Factory’s Christmas Party will be one knitted night out. Best (or is it worst?) sweater will take out a $100 dinner and bar tab and everyone that arrives between 6-8pm will be treated to complimentary bites and a cocktail. And for the best Thursday night playlist, Furnace and The Fundamentals & The Sweet Jelly Rolls will be performing all your favourites.
Where: The Soda Factory, Surry Hills
Pop-Up Wine Tasting Room @ Bellevue Hill Bottle Shop
This Eastern Suburbs local is letting the taps run free every Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon till the 26th December because they know we love vino, and we love it a lot. This week’s free tastings will highlight Spring Seeds Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Ha Ha Pinot Noir and Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and if you take one of these home with you, you’re treated to 20%. Win!
When: Thursday 17th December – Saturday 26th December
Where: 100A Bellevue Road, Bellevue Hill
Aperol Spritz Summer Events
Your summertime drink is making the rounds at The Bucket List and Cruise Bar this weekend. If you’re in town, swing by the Aperol Garden where $10 Aperol Spritz will be flying out for you to sip on as your enjoy some live music. Or if beachside drinks is more your speed, chill out on a deck chair and grab yourself an Aperol popsicle as you say hello to the weekend.
When: All summer
Where: See here for more locations
Anna + Bel Pop-Up Store
We’ve admired their togs from afar and now just in time for summer, one of our favourite swimwear labels, anna + bel will be opening up a pop-up in Paddington. Featuring their latest SS15 Collection, it’s the place to get your new swimmers for the summer. And now that you can try them on in person, you have the time to find the right shape and size for you.
When: Thursday 17th December – January 5th December
Where: 474 Oxford Street, Paddington
I Love Souvla Saturday at Zeus Street Greek Cronulla
Souvla. For Free. Yep, it’s bringing a tear to my eye as well I’m so damn excited. Giving its latest outpost a proper welcome, this Saturday mosey on down to Zeus Street Greek in Cronulla to get your hands on some of those epic pitas we know and love. There’s no hesitation when we say “I Love Souvla Saturday”.
Where: Zeus Street Greek, Cronulla
Fête de Noël Champagne brunch at Ananas
Raise your glasses to the end of 2015 with Ananas’ last Champagne Brunch of the year. There’ll be a whole banquet full of treats like their freshly shucked oysters and smoked salmon eclairs for you to indulge in as well as some luxe champagne to help fast-track you to your merry state. And in keeping things festive, the dessert will feature a showstopper of a Yule Log. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy those summer rays.
Where: Ananas Bar & Brasserie, The Rocks
Cost: $99 per person
Cats on Mats! At Modo Yoga Sydney
For a yoga class with a furry difference, this Sunday session on at Moda Yoga Sydney is not one to be missed. In partnership with the Sydney Cat Café, this class will see many a feline friend prancing around your mat but beware—the downward facing dog is not the pose to be doing considering present company. All proceeds go to Maggie’s Rescue and with only three sessions available, be sure to book your spot quick.
Where: Modo Yoga Sydney, Rosebery
Cost: $35 inclusive of class and high kit-tea.
Rum Cha at Luis Tans
This is just the cherry on top of Luis Tan’s bid to eat its way into our hungry hearts. Chinese yum cha and Latin American flavour did you know what and had a baby and we’re calling it Rum Cha. Available every Sunday for lunch your beef dumplings come with a side of chimichurri and the ceviche of the day is served on a crispy wonton. And adding to the rum-edge there’s a Shinto Mary (a sake take on a Bloody Mary) to add to your Sunday lunching. Bookings are essential.
When: Every Sunday
Where: The House of Luis Tan, Bondi
The Grounds Winter Wonderland
A Christmas feast where you won’t even have to lift a finger? Sign me up, I say. This Monday, The Grounds of Alexandria will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, bringing all the Christmas cheer of your childhood dreams. There’ll be an extravagant candlelight dinner complete with plenty of festive cocktails and a dance floor to shake your booty to if you haven’t already gone into a food coma. Get your tickets here.
When: Monday 21st December – Tuesday 22nd December
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
Cost: $150 per person
Still got space in your weekend for more? While away a couple of hours at these day drinking spots.